Bruce Kapferer

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Bruce Kapferer (born 4 June 1940 in Sydney[citation needed]) is an Australian social anthropologist and currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of Bergen and a Honorary Professor at University College London.


After years of teaching at Manchester, Kapferer founded the Anthropology department at the University of Adelaide being joined two years later by Kingsley Garbett, a colleague from Manchester, who came as Reader.[citation needed] Kapferer have played a major role in establishing new publication series of an anthropological and cross-disciplinary nature. Kapferer founded the journal Social Analysis with support of Michael Roberts who was succeeded as the main editor by Kingsley Garbett. He is currently professor of social anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway[1] and is once again the editor of Social Analysis. He is also one of the main editors of the journal Anthropological Theory, currently published by SAGE Publications. Kapferer was awarded the prestigious Huxley medal and lecture by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland in 2011. His Huxley lecture was titled, "How Anthropologists Think: Refiguring the Exotic".[citation needed]

His fieldwork interests span from Africa to Asia, on the issues of contemporary transitions in cosmological and ritual processes, thematically healing systems and folk drama, Buddhist cosmology, ethnic identity, nationalism and violence,Globalisation and State Sovereignty, peasant and urban political economies, and ecological systems.

Academic positions[edit]

 Visiting Professor, Deakin University

Selected publications[edit]

2014 2001 and Counting: Kubrick, Nietzsche, and Anthropology. Prickly Paradigm Press, Chicago

*2005. (ed). "Oligarchs and Oligopolies: New Formations of Global Power". Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford.
  • 2005. (ed). "The Retreat of the Social: The Rise and Rise of Reductionism". Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford.
  • 2004. (ed). "State, sovereignty, war: civil violence in emerging global realities". Berghahn Books: New York and Oxford.
  • 2003. (ed). "Beyond Rationalism: Rethinking Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery". Berghahn Books: New York & Oxford.
  • 2003. "Introduction: Outside All Reason - Magic, Sorcery and Epistemology in Anthropology". In "Beyond Rationalism"
  • 2003. "Sorcery, Modernity and the Constitutive Imaginary: Hybridising Continuities". In "Beyond Rationalism"
  • 2002. (Editor) "The World Trade Center and Global Crisis". Social Analysis, Forum 46(1):92-152.
  • 2002. "Foundation and Empire (with apologies to Isaac Asimov): A Consideration of Hardt and Negri's Empire". Review Article. Social Analysis 46(1):167-79.
  • 2002. "Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Culture of the State. The 17th Edvard Westermarck Memorial Lecture". Suomen Anthropologi 27(2):4-23.
  • 2001. "Sorcery and the Shape of Globalization". Suomen Anthropologi 26(1):4-28.
  • 1998. "Legends of People, Myths of State: Violence, Intolerance and Political Culture in Sri Lanka and Australia". Second edition. Crawford Press. First published 1988 by the Smithsonian Institution Press.
  • 1997. "The Feast of the Sorcerer: Practices of Consciousness and Power". Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
  • 1983. "A Celebration of Demons: Exorcism and the Aesthetics of Healing in Sri Lanka". Bloomington: Indiana University press.
  • 1972. "Strategy and Transaction in an African Factory", Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • 1969. "Norms and the Manipulation of Relationships in a Work Context", in Social Networks in Urban Situations, edited by J. C. Mitchell. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


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